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Battery-driven energy storage systems are already being sold around the world to utilities and to homeowners with rooftop solar. However, studies suggest that energy storage for not just hours but for days and even weeks will be necessary to address the seasonal variation of expanded wind and solar power distribution. What technologies could step up to the plate as solutions, and how can we expedite their development?
Online Discussion & Webinar Recording
In a divided nation, what values and objectives can guide the development of effective energy policies?

In last week's webinar, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY-20), and four energy leaders explained to us what guiding principles they would choose.

This is part of a larger OurEnergyPolicy initiative, and we want your input. Comment in our online discussion and tell us what principles you think should guide the creation of sound energy policy.
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Five principles for sound energy policy:
  • Focus on the future, but make sure your goal is achievable
  • Keep the attributes of energy in mind
  • Focus on bipartisanship 
  • Follow the regular order process 
  • Be ready to compromise, so long as what is being asked is within reason

Read our Twitter thread & watch her full remarks.
Four of nine principles for national climate policy:
  • Set scientific targets for GHG neutrality by mid-century
  • A clean U.S. economy must be strong, competitive, and fair
  • Avoid harm to first movers 
  • Create stable and predictable policies

Read our Twitter thread & watch his full remarks.
Principles & considerations for sound energy policy:
  • Incorporating and emphasizing equity, inclusivity, and diverse participation for a just transition
  • Expanding and optimizing the nexus of federal, state, and local government
  • Considering objectives in tandem with one another, instead of as disparate aims
  • Viewing energy policy as one way of many to address climate change

Watch their full remarks.
What do you think of these principles? What principles would you add?
Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
Rocky Mountain Institute
February 12, 2021
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
January 30, 2021
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Facts & Figures
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Today in Energy, Feb. 9, 2021, with data from Petroleum Supply Monthly.
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